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Happy Birthday, Robert Westall!

In honour of Robert Westall’s birthday here is a beautiful quote from him: “I don’t remember how old I was. I know I had sadly abandoned hope of dragons. I had checked for wolves under the stairs and found only a sack of musty potatoes, and a meter with the faint exciting whiff of gas.…

Happy Birthday Michael Morpurgo!

I think this quote sums up the magic and power of Michael Morpurgo!   “I think we yearn to feel close to our fellow creatures. We long to feel we are part of their world, not mere observers. Certainly that is true for me. I am lucky enough to live and work in the heart…

Happy Birthday, Terry Pratchett!

In order of the wonderful Terry Pratchett’s birthday here is a lovely quote by him: “Fantasy is like alcohol, too much is bad for you, a little bit makes the world a better place. Like an exercise bicycle it takes you nowhere, but it might just tone up the muscles that will. Daydreaming got us…

Happy Birthday Michael Bond!

“Bears like Paddington are very rare. And a good thing too, if you ask me, or it would cost us a small fortune in marmalade.” Michael Bond I have always loved Paddington Bear – I think it is because I always related to his clumisness and his bumbling attempts to help! When I was wee…